Cumnor House School

1 Woodcote Lane
020 8668 0050
2 - 11
Girls only
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School Description

Cumnor House prides itself on encouraging a genuine love of learning. From a very young age, they support their children in their development of a sense of curiosity, open-mindedness, perseverance, objectivity, reflection and critical thinking. This thirst for growth and knowledge is one that stays with them throughout their school years, meaning they enter each stage of their lives best prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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News & events from Cumnor House School

Last update: 13 November 2017


Girls' School Open Morning  – new dates comes soon. Please book a Personal Tour 

Come and see first-hand what makes our school so special!

09.30 Arrival / Registration

09.45 Headmistress’ Welcome

10.00am Tours Commence

After your tour, the Headmistress, her Senior Team and other members of staff will be available for questions.


Personal Tour

A personal tour will give you the opportunity to meet some of the children, speak to the teachers and get a general feel for school life here. Our Headmistress, Mrs Dina Mallett, at the Girls’ School will be available to answer your questions and to discuss your child’s educational career in greater detail.

We have three private co-educational nurseries on two separate sites. Both Ofsted and ISI say Cumnor House Nursery is “outstanding”. Mrs Carole Finch, Head of Nursery, will be delighted to show you round at 91 Pampisford Road and Mrs Cheshire, Nursery Manager, will show you round 13 Woodcote Lane.

To book a place on an open day or a personal tour, please follow the link below.


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We prepare your daughter for her senior school. See where our girls have moved onto in recent years, often with Scholarships.

In 2017, 50% of those who applied gained Grammar School places.

Leaver Destinations & Scholarships >>

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Meet the Head: Mrs Dina Mallett


After gaining an English degree and teaching qualification, Dina Mallett started her career at Dulwich College Prep School, where she enjoyed a variety of different roles. Initially a class teacher, she also served as Head of Year and Assistant Director of Studies. She joined City of London School for Girls in 2007 as Deputy Head of the Preparatory School, where she taught mathematics to all years. Dina Mallett was appointed Headmistress at Cumnor House School for Girls in 2016.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I was inspired by my English teacher at senior school, who looked quite like Roald Dahl’s Mr Twit (I am sure I remember him with food in his beard but my memory may have embellished upon the truth over the years…) He was so passionate about the literature that he taught; he even made Chaucer fun!

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

It is not my achievement rather than those of the pupils. We dedicate one assembly a week purely to awarding girls with certificates and medals. This is what makes me proud: being the Head of a school with such driven pupils.

What does a successful school look like to you?

A successful school is one where the children are safe, happy and learning – in that order.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

Genuine confidence: if the pupils believe that they can achieve their goals, they will strive to reach them.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

An all-inclusive, effervescent, successful learning environment.

Catchment information

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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